Bounce TV to Air Muhammad Ali Procession and Memorial Service Live, Uninterrupted and Commercial-Free on Friday
The Greatest (1977), Starring Ali as Himself, To Be Seen Between Events
Special Ali Tributes Also Featured Sunday Night In Premier Boxing Champions – The Next Round
Bounce TV’s coverage will begin at 9:00 a.m. ET with the procession, which will take Ali on a final journey through his beloved hometown of Louisville, passing memorable landmarks in his life, including his childhood neighborhood and the Muhammad Ali Center.
Bounce TV will also air the memorial service scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET, which will include eulogies by President Bill Clinton, Bryant Gumbel and Billy Crystal.
Bounce TV will partner with its Louisville affiliate WAVE-TV, owned and operated by Raycom Media, for the special event, airing WAVE’s local hometown coverage and insight nationwide.
Between the procession and the service, Bounce TV will present The Greatest, the 1977 motion picture in which Ali stars as himself. A dramatization of Ali’s life, The Greatest begins with Cassius Clay winning gold at the 1960 Olympic Games and then follows his stunning victory over Sonny Liston, his conversion to Islam and name change, Ali’s refusal of the military draft on religious grounds and subsequent nearly four-year long court battle to fight again. Ali wins the legal victory and then returns to the ring and takes part in what many consider some of the greatest boxing matches of all time.
Bounce TV will also include several special tributes to the late icon and his tremendous impact on boxing throughout the telecast of Premier Boxing Champions – The Next Round Sunday night, June 12 starting at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Bounce TV is the fastest-growing African-American (AA) network on television and airs on the broadcast signals of local television stations and corresponding cable carriage. The network features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and more. Among the founders of Bounce TV are iconic American figures Martin Luther King, III and Ambassador Andrew Young.